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Firefox 29 and up: “The connection has timed out”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/24

A few years ago, Firefox changed the default “network.http.response.timeout” value from zero to 300 seconds (5 minutes).

Display style systems that show refreshing web pages, this can be a problem as when the connection to the web-server is unavailable for more than 5 minutes, then the page will show “The connection has timed out” and stop refreshing.

The solution – apart from fixing each and every connection problem – is to either restore the value or make it very long:

  • network.http.response.timeout=0
  • network.http.response.timeout=30000

Changing this works similarly like in A way to skip the Firefox “Well, this is embarrassing” during a sudden reboot « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff:

  • Open Firefox
  • Type about:config in the addressbar
  • Confirm the
    This might void your warranty!
    by clicking
    I accept the risk!
  • Search for network.http.response.timeout
  • Double click it so the value changes from the default value 0 to the user set value 0

–jeroen

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